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Although prostate cancer is the most commonly publicised disease affecting the prostate, there are several other ways in which it can malfunction. These include Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and prostatitus, which is an inflammation of the gland, occurring mainly in younger men.
Prostate cancer has become the most common cancer in men. Over 30,000 cases will occur in UK this year. It mainly, though by no means exclusively, affects men aged over 45. Every man is unique and this means that every case of the cancer will behave slightly differently. In some, the cancer will grow aggressively and in others it may grow so slowly as to cause no major problems during a lifetime. There are different stages in the growth of the cells. Initially it will be localised within the prostate itself but in time it may become malignant and start to invade surrounding cells. If unchecked, it may ultimately spread to other areas of the body forming what are called secondaries or mestastases.
The stage of Prostate cancer are well laid out on Cancer Research UK’s site. Click HERE.